Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies

Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE signed an executive order on Thursday designed to boost the environmental performance of federal agencies. 

The order mandates that federal agencies reduce the overall energy consumption of their buildings, implement waste prevention and recycling measures and reduce water consumption, among other measures.

"Were going to run government smoothly, efficiently, and on behalf of the very hardworking taxpayers — something that the taxpayers haven't seen in a long time," Trump said in a statement. 

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The measure aims to curb federal spending on energy and waters at its more than 350,000 buildings across the country. Last year, federal agencies spent more than $6 billion on energy for buildings and $635 million on water, the White House said. 

The measure also orders federal agencies to meet statutory requirements related to renewable energy and electricity. 

The order charges Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueFrom state agriculture departments to Congress: Our farmers need the USMCA Overnight Energy: Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest| Democrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records| Trump's plan to boost ethanol miffs corn groups and the fossil fuel industry Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest MORE, Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryHighly irregular: Rudy, the president, and a venture in Ukraine White House releases rough transcript of early Trump-Ukraine call minutes before impeachment hearing Overnight Energy: Perry replacement faces Ukraine questions at hearing | Dem chair demands answers over land agency's relocation | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan MORE, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittWhat has EPA been hiding about formaldehyde? Overnight Energy: Trump officials suspend oil, gas production on Utah plots after lawsuit | California bucks Trump on lightbulb rollback | Scientists join Dems in panning EPA's 'secret science' rule Scientists join Democrats in panning EPA's 'secret science' rule MORE, as well as the Council on Environmental Quality, to develop guidance and a timeline for federal agencies to implement the policies.